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Club Projects and Events

Tri Star Basketball
Tri-Star Basketball Contest 
March or April

This is a skills-based competition for boys and girls ages 6-13.  The Platteville competition occurs in March or April at Bo Ryan Court in the Williams Fieldhouse of the University of Wisconsin Platteville campus.  First and second-place winners in each age bracket are eligible to go on to the SWIS District competition, also held in April. 

Baby Toes
Books for Babies

The Optimists Club gives each baby born in our area their very first book at the hospital to encourage a love of reading. (Spanish Versions also available).

This program is in memory of Fern Nall

Cheese Curd Sales 
August and September

Our cheese curd sales are very popular each year at the Grant County Fair in August and  Platteville Dairy Days in September.  Many Optimist volunteers make these events very successful. Join us and become part of these fun community events.


Join us for delicious cheese curds at the 2023 Grant County Fair from August 13th - 20th and at Dairy Days, September 8th-10th.

Bike Rodeo

Optimist volunteers worked with Scouts to conduct a bike safety event. Participants in the Bike Rodeo took part in a skills course.  Fun prizes like bike helmets and backpacks were awarded.  The weather cooperated and turnout was good on a beautiful summer evening. Many thanks for all of the volunteers. 

Safe Riding Everyone!

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Optimist Youth Contests

In these annual competitions, youth compete at the local level; winners move to the district level, with the potential to advance to the state and national level.  At the local level, the Essay Contest occurs in February, the Oratorical Contest in March, and the TriStar Basketball Contest in March/early April.  Click on the links for information and rules. 

Youth Contest
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Santa Calling

Every year little boys and girls get a phone call from Mr. or Mrs. Claus.  Bringing that joy and wonder to children is special to the Optimist Club.

Storybook Walks

The Platteville Optimists set up storybook walks at various locations throughout Platteville in late Spring and Summer.  Look for your next learning adventure!

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